Let’s first talk about Glass. A mirror splashback will make your kitchen look bigger and is a good way to reflect light into the room. It will of course show every spot, splash & splatter but it’s very easy to clean. Glass splashbacks with colour behind them have been very popular for quite a few years now. Just about any colour can be used and can create a big impact, especially bright bold colours. More recently we are seeing scenery as a splashback. You can choose from an array of scenes that your manufacturer may have on offer, or you can provide your own photo but you will need to check with the manufacturer about the suitability of size for the area it is to be installed in. You spend a lot of time in the kitchen so while you are waiting for the kettle to boil or stirring a pot you can be transported to a tropical island, a country field, a scene from your favourite city, a reef of tropical fish or a favourite photo you will never tire of looking at.
What about LED splashbacks, which are glass with LED lighting behind them. They come with a remote control so you can change the colour to suit your mood. Or if you in a year or two you want something different you can create a whole new fresh look by changing the colour of the lighting with the touch of a button and tying it in with accessories to match.
Tiles have always been a popular choice for kitchen splashbacks. They don’t go out of fashion they just move with the times. Now we see mosaics, geometrics, patchworks, subway tiles, textured tiles, glass tiles, natural stone tiles and the list goes on. Decorative tiles with a Spanish or Moroccan look used as a feature wall have become quite popular, as have mosaics, creating a glamour look in bronzes and golds.
Stainless steel, polished concrete and textured brick all create a contemporary more industrial look. Marble and granite are strong contenders in kitchens and by continuing the stone from bench top up the wall as a splashback it will look seamless and elegant.
Pressed tin panels are another on trend look with a more affordable price yet still create a wow factor. Depending on the pattern used in the panels, and there’s lots to choose from, they can suit anything from a country kitchen to a much more contemporary style. They can either be left in their natural state or painted. They are made from a special grade of aluminium sheeting they should not rust.
Laminates are a less expensive alternative to a lot of other popular splashback products. Yet another seamless and stylish look and is comparable in appearance to glass. Installation is relatively easy, particularly around fixtures, fitting and power points. However be sure to check with the manufacturer or your kitchen installation company as to the right product to use behind your cook top area.
Your choices are endless so speak to an interior designer or kitchen company and get quotes and advice before you make a decision. Have a professional install your splachback to ensure the job is done properly, after all the kitchen is the heart of the home and you want it to be perfect.
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